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Guide to the East West Research Files, 1967-1989
AAS ARC 2000/8  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: East West Research Files,
    Date (inclusive): 1967-1989
    Collection number: AAS ARC 2000/8
    Creator: East West newspaper
    Extent: 44 boxes
    Repository: University of California, Berkeley. The Ethnic Studies Library.
    Berkeley, California 94720-2360
    Abstract: Contains visual research files consisting of photographs and copies of photographs used as reference for East West newspaper articles focusing on political, social, cultural and community issues that affected the welfare of Asian Americans from 1967 to 1989. Also includes administrative files of Marketing Director, Carole Shein.
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information


    Collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright has not been assigned to the Ethnic Studies Library. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the appropriate curator. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Ethnic Studies Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], East West Research Files, AAS ARC 2000/8, The Ethnic Studies Library, University of California, Berkeley.

    Acquisition Information

    The East West research files were given to the Ethnic Studies Library by East West in 1993.


    East West, an English/Chinese bilingual newspaper, was founded in 1967 by publisher/editor, Gordon Lew, in San Francisco's Chinatown. Weekly publications began in 1968 and continued to the last issue on September 7, 1989. The news focus was on political, social, cultural, and community issues on local, national, and international levels that affected the welfare of Asian Americans and other ethnic groups. The philosophy was to build bridges of communication between segments of the community such as Chinese-speaking with English-speaking, Cantonese with non-Cantonese, new immigrants with longtime residents, seniors with youths, as well as between the Chinese American community and the American society at large.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The East West Research Files contain the visual reference files from circa1968 to 1989 for East West newspaper articles including black and white photographs, copies of photographs, newspaper clippings and magazine photographs. Consists of approximately 3800 people named and 25 main subject areas: animal/birds, art, artists awards/scholarships, books/periodicals/writers, businesses, Chinatowns, churches/temples, cooks/cooking/food, dance, education, events, health, historical photographs, housing, memorials, modeling/fashion, music, organizations/community, people, places, refugees, science/technology, sports, theater/film. Also includes the Marketing Director, Carol Shein's files such as organization information, correspondence, advertising, marketing, and accounting materials, with the majority dated 1987.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Chinese-American newspapers--California--San Francisco.
    Chinese Americans--California--San Francisco.
    Chinatown (San Francisco, Calif.)--Social life and customs.
    Chinatown (San Francisco, Calif.)--Pictorial works.
    Photographs .
    Clippings .